Alexis Redmond MBE is a Chartered Accountant and worked for many years in the profession in London, Manchester and Liverpool before joining Mersey Television as Chief Executive and growing the business to become the UK’s largest independent drama production company, best known for the highly successful long-running television series Brookside, Hollyoaks and Grange Hill.
Alongside this she held many Non-Executive, Governor and Trustee positions including Riverside Housing Association, Liverpool John Moores University, National Museums Liverpool, St George’s Hall Trust, Alder Hey Hospital NHS Children’s Charitable Trust and St Luke’s (Cheshire) Hospice.
In 2005, she oversaw the sale of Mersey Television together with her husband Phil Redmond, and now continues to concentrates on charitable and public service work. She was born in South Wales and has lived in Cheshire for the last 30 years, enjoying the protection and development of the only Registered Grade II garden in Cheshire at her home in Willington, and through this supporting the NGS, RHS and Perennial: The Royal Gardeners’ Benevolent Society.
In 2003 she was made a Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 2011 she was awarded her MBE for services to the community.
As a supporter of culture and the arts, throughout her year as High Sheriff she will be focusing on Cheshire’s creativity and spirit of community. There is growing recognition of the value of early intervention in mental and social care through social prescribing, engaging people in cultural and local activity as a way of combating loneliness and isolation and helping prevent the progression into worsening health and long-term conditions.
Whether this is achieved through recognising our public and blue light services, individual achievement, personal volunteering or corporate and charitable endeavour, the efforts will be closely aligned to supporting the Cheshire Community Foundation and Cheshire Crimebeat and their many innovative and worthwhile projects.
Runcorn company Tall Security Print Ltd were Highly Commended for the Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by ESL Fuels and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce at the High Sheriff of Cheshire Enterprise Awards, hosted by the High Sheriff of Cheshire, Kathy Cowell, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler.
The Cheshire Business Exporter of the Year, sponsored by ESL Fuels and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce, went to Laser Quantum Ltd, based in Stockport. Jennifer Szczepaniak Sloane, Senior Marketing Executive at Laser Quantum Ltd said: “Laser Quantum is extremely pleased to have won the Exporter award for 2016/17. It is testament to the quality of the products we manufacture and the hard work of all our staff. This recognition only further inspires us to continue to grow, by expanding into new territories and technologies.”
Laser Quantum Ltd will receive a bespoke package of support, to help research and develop overseas trade in one new market.
The Award for Training, Development and Opportunity for Young People, sponsored by Chess and Click Consult, was won by Stockport company Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd. The judges were looking for businesses who invest in the development of the skills of young people through the provision of training, apprenticeships and work experience.
Kevin Tottle, Contracts Director at Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd, said: “Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Winner of the Training, Development and Opportunity for Young People Award for 2016/17. It is a real accolade and reflects all the hard work and commitment of our staff team across the whole of the business. We will continue to invest in our people and endeavour to make the most of the High Sheriff’s award.” Cheshire Scaffolds Ltd will receive £3,000 worth of prize money.
The Roberts Bakery Family Award of Excellence Award went to Malpas family firm, Barlows UK Ltd. Judges were looking for leaders of outstanding entrepreneurial families and the achievements of specific family businesses in Cheshire, Warrington and Halton. Barlows UK Ltd will receive £3,000 in prize money.
David Barlow, Director of Barlows UK Ltd, and an honorary graduate of the University of Chester, was also the recipient of one of two special awards given on the night. The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, David Briggs MBE KstJ, presented him with a Special Recognition Award, commending him in particular for championing young people and apprentice schemes in particular. David is an Ambassador for the National Apprenticeship Service, advising employers of the benefits of training and employing young people across the North West, and promoting the advantages of apprenticeships within a National Ambassador Network.
As a Director of Barlows UK Ltd, a family-run business that provides property maintenance solutions across the UK, David has spearheaded the growth of five Academies and is personally involved in teaching over 120 apprentices.
David Barlow said: “I was honoured both for myself and on behalf of Barlows (UK) Ltd. to receive recognition at the wonderful award ceremony last Thursday evening. It is a great boost to our company and staff to be chosen for the family business award and I would like to thank all at the High Sheriff awards, the judges, the organisers and the sponsors. I would particularly like to thank Roberts Bakery for their kind sponsorship.”
The High Sheriff’s Award for Responsible Business Practice, sponsored by Your Housing Group, was deservedly won by Kawneer UK Ltd, who are based in Runcorn. The judging panel was looking for organisations that demonstrate a high standard of commitment in the way in which they organise and integrate their responsible business practices.
Managing Director, Phil Randles, said: “As a company, we are immensely proud and pleased to receive this award which reflects the many hours of commitment given by our employees to helping improve the local community and environment. Over the last 10 years, with the help of the Arconic Foundation our charitable giving arm, Kawneer UK has been able to support local charities with donations of more than £320,000 and our employees have given over 3,000 hours of service.” Kawneer UK will receive £3,000 in prize money.